The Voices of Indigenous Peoples, Migrants, and Youth at Terra Madre Salone del Gusto

“Indigenous peoples’ migration and movement” is the theme of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples –9th of August- for this 2018, as declared by the global movement of indigenous peoples. It’s meant to highlight on the migration phenomenon faced by indigenous communities, which affects mostly the youth.

Constantly impacted by development and conflict, indigenous peoples must move away from their ancestral lands and territories. This diaspora endangers the biodiversity protection of those areas and its future since the new generation won’t receive from the elders the ancestral knowledge that protected the land for centuries. On the other hand, migrants in urban areas face a wide range of challenges, from discrimination and violence to the lack of access to public services and cultural-identity loss (mostly the youth). Migrants, in their new living places, actively seek to revitalize their culture and strengthen their identity, where women play a key role in maintaining socio-cultural ties and transmitting their traditional knowledge to future generations. And food plays a key role in this process. 

Food for Change will focus on people and the change that everyone can help create, this theme extends to give attention to Indigenous Peoples, Migrants, and Youth through the Terra Madre Arena. This area wamade possible thanks to the support of IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development), will be one of the highlights. The Terra Madre Arena will be a stage for Slow Food’s different networks to come together and explore the crucial issues that the international movement has been working on for years. More than 50 events will take place in the Arena during the 5 days.

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The world’s custodians of biodiversity: 67% of the planet’s agrobiodiversity is concentrated in lands claimed by indigenous communities. It is clear that supporting indigenous communities and their traditional food systems is a crucial aspect of preserving the world’s biodiversity. Their knowledge, often undervalued, is essential to tackling global challenges like climate change, food insecurity, and inequality. Terra Madre Salone del Gusto will benefit from the presence of more than 300 indigenous delegates from more than 60 countries. In the Arena, the forums organized by the Indigenous Terra Madre (ITM) network highlight the urgent need to promote and protect the food systems of these peoples, valuing their holistic approach and strengthening ties with the entire Slow Food movement. Events and conferences will focus on 4 main themes: women as agents of changeland rightsindigenous youth as drivers of change, and indigenous chefs. On September 20, the indigenous network will open its program with a traditional ceremony and the network’s governancestrategy and achievements over the last 2 years will be presented to facilitate the sharing of ideas and discussion on upcoming events. Nicolas Mukumo Mushumbi(from the Democratic Republic of Congo) and Denisa Livingston (from the USA), both Slow Food International Councillors for the indigenous network, will attend the event. To view the entire program, please click here.


The Terra Madre Arena will also tackle the subject of Migration. A delegation of more than 200 migrants from 33 different countries will come to discuss many issues, such as climate migrationmodern forms of slavery, the role of migrants in international development, and food as a vehicle for social integration. The recovery of ancient traditions, relationships of cooperation, the sharing of knowledge, and participation are strategic elements for building the resilience of migrant communities in Italy, Europe, and the world, and for shifting society’s perception of migrants so that they are seen not as victims but as facilitators of change. The Terra Madre ForumRecipes of Dialog , a joint initiative by LVIA, Slow Food, Renken, Colibrì, Panafricando, Asbarl, Piedmont Region and City of Turin, financed by the Italian Development Cooperation Agency (AICS), is an example.  Basin of biodiversity, cultures, and recipes, the so-called Mare Nostrum will be celebrated in all its richness to promote a new model of Mediterranean development and reception. To view the entire program, please click here.


So far, 600 young delegates from about 100 different countries have booked a flight to Turin, and many more will join in the coming weeks. Ten youth delegates have decided to embark on an amazing journey called Giro di SFYN, named after the famous cycling tour of Italy. They will depart the Netherlands by bicycle on September 6 and cross 9 countries in 11 days on a 1.250-kilometer trip (with 10.000 meters of cumulative elevation gain) to reach Turin in time for Terra Madre Salone del Gusto. Along the road, they will stop to visit local producers and network members, spreading the good, clean, and fair philosophy. Valentina Gritti, the international coordinator of the Slow Food Youth Network, says, « We decided to do the Giro di SFYN because we want to think outside the boundaries imposed on us: Cycling makes you re-examine the distance and space between places. Of course, we also want to send out a message, since flying is an unsustainable way of traveling and we do care about the environment: alternatives are possible most of the time. » Once in Turin, all the youth delegates will meet at the space dedicated to the Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN) to discuss different issues, to learn, to share good practices, to network, and most of all to have fun together. Connectionand empowerment will be the common threads of all the activities, which will include workshops, roundtables, and conferences. Starting with a daily morning yoga session, the program (available here) will be very rich. As well as in the Arena space, some of the SFYN’s activities will be held at the University of Gastronomic Sciences stand.Terra Madre SFYN


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